As cruise ships have become larger, much of the additional square footage has been devoted to interior spaces, including larger staterooms, restaurants and theaters. But some provide guests with amazing open-air, on-deck attractions, like these:
Since it first debuted in 2004, Movies Under the Stars has become a signature feature on the Princess Cruises fleet. Spacious pool decks include giant screens that show movies in the evening. Passengers can watch from poolside loungers equipped with extra cushions, while the crew serves popcorn, movie-themed cocktails and other beverages. While it was originally an evening-only event, Movies Under the Stars now operates during the daytime, too, showing sports, concerts and other programming on the big screens.
The top decks on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss feature thrilling, first-at-sea racetracks. Eco-friendly electric race cars reach speeds of up to 30 mph on a curvy track with great ocean views. While the cars don’t make noise, a soundtrack of revving engines and downshifting gears is transmitted into the drivers’ safety helmets to add to the experience.
When the Celebrity Edge debuted in late 2018, Celebrity Cruises unveiled its first Resort Deck as a new way to enjoy the outdoors at sea. The Resort Deck includes a whimsical Rooftop Garden adorned with nature-inspired sculptures, cozy nooks, a giant chess set, a dance floor, and lots of comfy seating for watching movies or stargazing.
Even though river cruise ships are smaller than their ocean-going cousins, they are also making the most of their outdoor spaces. Some Avalon Waterway ships feature a Sky Deck that’s equipped with chaise lounges, a whirlpool and space for outdoor games, along with a shaded area for enjoying al fresco tastes from the Sky Grill.
Upcoming cruise ships may include even more open-air entertainment and dining venues, which can play a big role in helping to prevent any sharing of viruses or other germs on board. Talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor, about ships that offer terrific open-air spaces and how you can sail on one.
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